The Slovenian prime minister said that “it is quite clear” that the USA has re-elected Donald Trump as president, even though millions of votes have still been counted and no winner has yet been determined.
Janez Janša has loudly supported the president during his election campaign and said earlier that Joe Biden will be “one of the weakest presidents in history”.
Previously, Trump had falsely claimed victory, as he said before a White House audience: “We were preparing to win this election. Frankly, we won this election.” However, the count is not yet complete, and the Associated Press puts Joe Biden at 224 votes in the electoral college, while Trump is slightly behind at 213. Whoever receives 270 or more votes will win.
He also claimed, without evidence, that electoral fraud had taken place and said he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the electoral process. “We want all voting to be stopped,” he said. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4:00 a.m. and put them on the list. This is a very sad moment.”
As the first international leader to support Trump’s premature declaration of victory, Janša said on Twitter: “It is quite clear that the American people voted @realDonaldTrump @Mike_Pence for #4moreyears. The more delays and facts are denied by #MSM, the greater is the final triumph for #POTUS. Congratulations @GOP for strong results in the #US.
Last month, the leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party showed his support for the president with a tweet titled “Go, win” to Trump. Slovenia is the birthplace of the First Lady, Melania Trump.
Joe Biden’s campaign manager described Trump’s premature declaration of victory as “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect” and said the former vice-president’s legal team was ready for any upcoming court battles.
In Britain, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab refused to condemn the President’s unsubstantiated claim of victory, saying he would “not comment on the commentary”.
Millions of votes have yet to be counted, as the number of Americans using postal voting forms to cast their votes as a result of the pandemic has increased enormously.
The trump card was the victory in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Texas, but the results from the key states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Michigan have yet to be announced.
Biden told his supporters earlier, “It is not for me or Donald Trump to explain who won this election. This is the decision of the American people, but I am optimistic about this result”.